Golden Plates 2022: Krave Kulture takes frozen yogurt to new heights

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      If we’re being perfectly honest, mainstream brands like Activia and Dannon have really sucked the thrill out of yogurt. Now we look at the dairy product merely as a vehicle for a sprinkle of granola and half of a bruised banana.

      Although our lacklustre morning bowl of yogurt already had us questioning things, a visit to Krave Kulture Yogurt Shop confirmed that our stance needs to change. Its yogurt is delicious and alluring, and it sure gives ice cream a run for its money.

      Situated on a corner in North Van’s Edgemont Village, Krave Kulture (3151 Edgemont Boulevard) creates and serves organic yogurts that are hand-crafted at the shop. Every tasty variation is made with Canadian dairy and natural sweeteners. And after a brief chat with the owner, it’s clear that their passion for healthy treats and fresh ingredients inspired the business venture.

      With summer only a couple months away, we couldn’t have discovered Krave Kulture at a better time. Devouring a cup or cone of frozen yogurt is the easiest way to cool down when the weather gets unbearably warm.

      However, we did consume our creation—a bowl of Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl with fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce—in the pouring rain, and we would still give it a perfect score.

      Customers are welcome to order organic-yogurt bowls, frozen yogurt, or yogurt smoothies off the Krave Kulture menu or come up with their own concoction that will satiate their unique craving. Flavours can vary on a day-to-day basis, but vanilla, passion fruit, chocolate, strawberry, mango, and vegan raspberry are the shop’s heaviest hitters.

      Depending on the size of cup or cone purchased for frozen yogurt, toppings are either included or offered at an additional charge. Instead of the candy toppings that will send you straight into a sugar coma—the ones provided at most fro-yo joints—Krave Kulture prefers to stick with healthier options.

      Hungry guests can choose from dark-chocolate chips, granola, slivered almonds, pecans, hemp hearts, coconut, peanut butter, and house-made syrups. One can also choose to add fresh mango, pineapple, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, and other seasonal fruits to their creation.

      One of the most popular sweet menu items is the Coffee Krave—suitable for adults only (nobody wants a wired child). This bowl has a passion-fruit yogurt base and is topped with berries, granola, slivered almonds, pecans, dark-chocolate chips, coconut, coffee, and maple syrup.

      Every variation of the organic frozen yogurt can also be blended into a smoothie.

      If your sweet tooth never fully developed, the shop offers three Savoury Krave Bowls with plain-yogurt bases. The Mediterranean Krave features marinated grape tomatoes, cucumber, Kalamata olives, fresh basil, feta cheese, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, and rice vinegar, and is finished with a pinch of garlic salt.

      Folks who can’t get enough of Mexican food should most definitely try the Tulum Krave, which is topped with mango, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, olive oil, lime, and crispy tortilla chips.

      Before paying for your order, it’s wise to check out the stocked refrigerator on the left side of Krave Kulture. Inside, you’ll find jars of organic yogurts mixed with colourful fruit compotes. On looks alone, they are one-upping grocery store yogurt like you wouldn’t believe.